The female silhouette of the middle of the 19th century consisted of a fitted corseted bodice and wide full skirts. The conical skirts developed between the 1830s, when the high waist of the Empire silhouette was lowered and the skirts became more bell shaped, to the late 1860s, when the fullness of the skirts were pulled to the back and the bustle developed
Afternoon Dress, Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris) for the House of Worth (French, 1858–1956): ca. 1872, French, silk. "The full-blown bustle silhouette had its first Victorian appearance in the late 1860s, which started as fullness in skirts moving to the back of the dress. This fullness was drawn up in ties for walking that created a fashionable puff..."
Day dress, 1850’s From the Kent State University Museum Pinterest - See more at: http://fripperiesandfobs.tumblr.com/post/64030147324/day-dress-1850s-from-the-kent-state-university#sthash.KWwEnCO8.dpuf
Walking dress Date: ca. 1865 Culture: American Medium: silk Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 16 in. (40.6 cm) Length at CB (b): 47 in. (119.4 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of The Jason and Peggy Westerfield Collection, 1969 Accession Number: 2009.300.3336a, b